Children's Book Reviews (page 7)

PEEK AND SEEK by Violet Peto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Fun as a peekaboo, but the language and natural history alike are both shoddy. (Informational novelty. 2-5)"
Large fold-out flaps open to transform a set of seemingly empty scenes into landscapes teeming with wildlife. Read full book review >
HORSE TALES by Molly Fehr
by Molly Fehr, illustrated by Molly Fehr
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Though the book's flaps are overambitious, horse lovers will be champing at the bit to meet these new farm friends. (Board book. 2-4)"
Meet various horses and hear their stories in this lift-the-flap ode to all things equine. Read full book review >

BREAD LAB! by Kim Binczewski
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A fun way to introduce food science and bread making to young readers. (facts, recipe, note, further resources) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Iris spends the day with her aunt Mary, who teaches her how to make whole-wheat sourdough bread from starter. Read full book review >
THE PATCHWORK BIKE by Maxine Beneba Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Showcasing the fun to be had in a spare world, this book is just what many of us need right now. (author's note, illustrator's note) (Picture book. 3-9)"
A daring girl in a desert village enjoys riding her brother's bike made of recycled materials in this unusual picture book by Clarke and political artist Rudd, an Australian import. Read full book review >
NAOMIS TOO by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A sequel that packs as much heart, humor, and understanding as the first. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Stepsisters Naomi E. and Naomi Marie face many changes and challenges in their multiracial, blended family life in this sequel to Two Naomis (2016). Read full book review >

MISSING PIECES by Carly Anne West
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Possibly littered with Easter eggs from the game but not worth reading except by superfans of the game…if such exist. (Adventure. 9-12)"
Raven Brooks is certainly an odd town, but Nick's neighbors might be a bit more dangerous than odd. Read full book review >
PAUL WRITES (A LETTER) by Chris Raschka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"This visually appealing introduction to Paul and his writing can serve as a useful starting point to help young readers understand a key figure in the spread of Christianity. (map) (Picture book/religion. 7-10)"
Caldecott Medalist Raschka examines the writings of the Apostle Paul, an early missionary of Christianity, with this interpretation of some selected words from his epistles. Read full book review >
ODE TO AN ONION by Alexandria Giardino
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Read for a sweet story about the creative process (but not for information about Neruda). (Picture book. 5-8)"
The author imagines the day when the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda was inspired to write an ode to an onion. Read full book review >
OWL LOVE YOU by Matthew Heroux
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Sweet if not essential. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Under Mama Owl's guidance, Baby Owl learns all the secrets and joys of the night. Read full book review >
OTHERWOOD by Pete Hautman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"An intensely atmospheric ghost story and elegy for a vanished world: spellbinding. (author's note) (Paranormal adventure. 8-12)"
Stuey and his best friend, Elly Rose, both 9, share a birthday and love of the wild woods until a discovery rips them apart, landing each in a world from which the other has disappeared. Read full book review >
BEGONE THE RAGGEDY WITCHES by Celine Kiernan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"It's fortunate a trilogy is planned, for readers will surely demand more of Mup. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
As witches scheme to break her family apart, a young mixed-race Irish girl must rescue her father and risk losing her mother. Read full book review >
BAH! HUMBUG! by Michael Rosen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"An accessible and funny morality tale that's useful reading for work-obsessed parents as well as their children. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Veteran British children's author Rosen gives a new twist to an old tale. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >